Smiths Interconnect Nebula SATA Solution

By News Release | September 15, 2015

Smiths Connectors’ Nebula Connector Series is a high-reliability SATA solution that goes beyond COTS products. 

Smiths ConnectorsSmiths Connectors Nebula SATA Solution announced the Nebula Series, an innovative SATA (Serial Advanced Technology Attachment) solution that extends well beyond the capabilities of current commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) offerings.

The Smiths Connectors Nebula Series is a highly reliable SATA 6Gb/s offering for high-speed data rates with 100 ohm impedance matching and minimal losses. The Nebula Series utilizes the industry-standard PCB soldering footprint, so there is no need to change or modify SATA drive layouts.

Designed for rugged data storage applications within the aerospace, defense, and industrial markets, the Nebula Series is differentiated from competitive offerings by its ability to perform in extremely harsh environments. The Nebula Connector employs the renowned Hypertac hyperboloid contacts as the bedrock of its high reliability to provide immunity to shock and vibration fretting and more than 100,000 mating cycles. These features combine with current-carrying capacity up to 1.5A per contact and low insertion/extraction forces to provide significantly enhanced quality and reliability performance compared with commodity connector solutions. Additionally, the pins are protected by recessed contacts within insulators made from high-temperature-rated durable liquid crystal polymers that are resistant to cracking even in extremely harsh operating environments.

These features allow for increased MTBF of the ruggedized hard drive assemblies by eliminating the connector as the typical first-failure component.

Available for direct mounting to the PCB, the Nebula Series supports independent function for its 22 contacts. It also offers optional quarter-turn locking hardware for faster securing of connectors and to prevent unintentional separation.

The Nebula Connector Series is compatible with the SATA next-generation signal standard, which removes the need for future connector development and qualification. It completely satisfies the stringent requirements established by the US Department of Defense (DoD) and embraced by other defense agencies around the world.

“Manufacturing rugged, reliable interconnect solutions tailored to address the unique demands and requirements of the defense market is one of Smiths Connectors’ core competencies,” said Gabriel Guglielmi, vice president of business development and strategy for Smiths Connectors. “The Nebula Connector Series, with its immunity to shock and vibration, safeguards the flow of data and provides a high reliability SATA connector series surpassing anything currently available in the marketplace.”

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